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September 17, 2014 -- SWIM Connect 2014 at ATCA 59th Annual Conference

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SWIM Connect 2014 | GET PLUGGED IN...

ATCA 59th Annual Conference & Exposition
September 29-October 1 | Exhibit Hall
Learn more about ATCA: atca.org/59annual
Click here for complete programming & schedule

Planning is in full swing for the ATCA 59th Annual Conference and Exposition, which is just around the corner. New this year, don't miss SWIM CONNECT 2014 in the presentation theater of the main exhibit hall at ATCA, September 29 - October 1! The FAA's System Wide Information Management (SWIM) program, in conjunction with our partners, will get you plugged in to SWIM and connect you to the data that's available now and share what will be offered soon.

Join us for an interactive gate-to-gate experience of data accessible through SWIM and learn more about how the aviation community is creating innovative tools, cutting business costs and improving the experience of the flying public. Connect with experts to answer all your questions and interact with live demonstrations. In addition, SWIM Connect 2014 will feature spotlight talks throughout each day with key players in the FAA and industry covering today's hottest topics. Look for the spotlight agenda in the coming weeks. We can't wait to connect with you at ATCA

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July 21, 2014 -- TRACONs Responding Quicker and More Efficiently to Traffic Needs

One of the more recent success stories was at Southern California TRACON (SCT) and the Air Traffic Control Traffic Management Unit at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) in April 2014. LAX is one of the busiest airports in the world. Working with the folks at the LAX TMU, the FAA SWIM Program Office went back to the basics and focused on what the customer’s most important needs and requirements were. In collaboration with the Volpe Transportation Center an innovative solution was developed to address the issue the customer was facing.

The issue was related to major construction occurring at LAX. Both LAX and SCT, which services LAX, needed additional situational awareness of surface movement at LAX. Essentially, they were hoping to be more efficient by responding proactively instead of reactively by having immediate access to the new SWIM Terminal Data Distribution System (STDDS) surface radar surveillance traffic data instead of receiving a phone call about traffic backups.

In a rapid response request (three weeks), the SWIM Program Office had STDDS surveillance data available for direct access by SCT through the installation of the SWIM Visualization Tool (SVT). This solution provided the SCT staff the required increased visibility to LAX surface movement.

The customer was so thrilled with the agile deployment of this capability that she provided a formal letter of commendation to the SWIM team, thanking the SWIM office for the successful quick reaction efforts.

For LAX and SCT, the SWIM team demonstrated the ability to deliver customer required information services and on short notice. This success illustrates the SWIM team’s ability to quickly respond to high priority customer needs. Contributing to the success was the ability to leverage STDDS information published to SWIM and exemplifies the value of standards based data exchange with improved operations and decision making.

Previous News

Jun 12, 2014 -- Single European Sky ATM Research (SESAR) SWIM Master Class on June 24,2014

On June 24, the SWIM Program Office partnered with Harris to serve at a booth at the SWIM Master Class kick-off in Brussels, Belgium. SWIM’s participation served as an outreach mechanism to provide information about program progress and data available to the international aviation community. This event is a collaborative project managed by the Single European Sky ATM Research (SESAR) as a Public-Private Partnership. The objective is for participants to present their SWIM-enabled applications and/or information services within a non-operational environment. In 2013 over 50 Air Navigation Service Providers (ANSPs) & vendors provided data and information services and this year is expected to be bigger than ever.

Apr 23, 2014 -- FAA Aviation Industry Technical Forum 2014

Wednesday, April 23, 2014 at 8:00 AM - Thursday, April 24, 2014 at 5:00 PM (EDT) Herndon, VA

This event, sponsored by the FAA ATO Program Management Organization, is a forum for exchanging information with industry about the status and future plans of several significant FAA programs. The target audience is the aviation technical vendor community building information systems and interfaces with FAA.The SWIM Program Manager, Jim Robb, spoke about SWIM as a NextGen Data Distribution, including a review of the stakeholders, process and products necessary to obtain NAS data from SWIM/ NEMS.

Other speakers included keynotes from Teri Bristol, Chief Operating Officer for the Air Traffic Organization, Nancy Kalinowski, Air Traffic Organization, Vice President, System Operations and Vincent Capezzuto, Air Traffic Systems, Director. Topics included discussion about the vision for the Traffic Flow Management domain including Terminal Flight Data Management (TFDM), Traffic Flow Management System (TFMS) and Time Based Flow Management (TBFM): Rebecca Guy, Decision Support, Manager

SWIM Program Overview and Status Update

Apr 18, 2014 -- SWIM Visualization Tool Providing Benefit to Southern California Operations

By Pete Slattery (Charlotte)
NATCA TFDM/FDIO/AEFS National Representative

The System Wide Information Management (SWIM) Visualization Tool (SVT) is a new product recently installed at the Southern California TRACON (SCT). The SVT provides Surface Situational Awareness (SSA) to controllers, traffic managers, and front-line managers.

This new tool gives controllers and traffic managers access to surface data that was previously unavailable outside of a tower cab. The SVT display is similar to an Airport Surface Detection Equipment (ASDE) Model X display in a control tower, but does not sound alerts or display other runway safety information. Read More

Apr 19, 2013 -- SWIM Brown Bag #17: JMS Description Documents (JMSDDs)

Date: Wednesday May 8, 2013
Time: 12:00pm-1:00pm EST
Location: FOB10A, Rooms 5ABC (800 Independence Ave SW, Washington, DC)

The SWIM team would like to cordially invite you to participate in a brown bag discussion on Java Message Service Description Document (JMSDD) and the FAA-STD-073. The FAA-STD-073 ''Preparation of Java Message Service Description Documents'' is a new standard in the SWIM family of artifacts. It is the regulating standard for JMSDD, and will soon be submitted to the National Airspace System (NAS) Configuration Control Board (CCB) for approval. The presentation provides the opportunity for SWIM consumers and personnel to have a first glimpse at the future standard.

Briefing material can be found HERE.

LINK TO ONLINE MEETING:
https://awast21.faa.gov/stconf.nsf/meeting/F9BAB85B71097E1D85257B5000543930
Password: SWIM

TELCON LINE INFO:
Dial in number: (605) 475-4000
Pass code: 372567

Jan 8, 2013 -- The SWIM Terminal Data Distribution System (STDDS) achieves a second Initial Operating Capability (IOC) on December 14, 2012.

On December 14, the SWIM Terminal Data Distribution System (STDDS) demonstrated Initial Operating Capability (IOC) a second time, at the Miami Terminal Radar Approach Control (TRACON). The first STDDS IOC was held at the Y90 TRACON at Bradley International Airport (BDL) in Windsor Locks, CT in May 2012.

STDDS is an Internet Protocol (IP)-based front end to several legacy Terminal systems including Electronic Flight Strip Transfer System (EFSTS), Runway Visual Range (RVR), Airport Surface Detection Equipment-Model X (ASDE-X), and Tower Data Link Services (TDLS). STDDS converts the data from these legacy systems into XML format for distribution to other National Airspace System (NAS) and non-NAS consumers. This information is now not only available to a limited number of systems in the Terminal domain, but also to other NAS programs such as Traffic Flow Management (TFM) as well as airlines and other approved external consumers.

A subsequent release of STDDS is expected in 2013 and will enable the distribution of ASDE-X and RVR data to external consumers via the NAS Enterprise Messaging Service (NEMS) being deployed by SWIM Segment 2. Full deployment of STDDS to 39 TRACONs, with data from 119 Air Traffic Control Towers (ATCTs), is expected to be completed in 2014.

Dec 19, 2012 -- SWIM AIM Services Now Available

On Monday, December 10, 2012, the System Wide Information Management (SWIM) Aeronautical Information Management (AIM) Special Use Airspace (SUA) capability went operational, providing users with three new services. The three new services deployed are: Static Definitions, Dynamic Definitions, and Special Activity Airspace (SAA) Editor. The Static Definitions service provides information on the shape and legal definition of an airspace, and is installed on the NAS Resource (NASR) system. The Dynamic Definitions service provides information on the scheduling of airspace, and is installed in the SUA Management System (SAMS). The SAA Editor is a new tool used to create and modify SAAs.

The first subscriber to the Static Definition service is SAMS; due to SAMS and NASR operating in different FAA domains, SAMS has previously been receiving updated information from NASR manually. The Static Definition service now allows SAMS to directly subscribe to NASR data and receive updates through system-to-system exchange. The National Flight Data Center, a branch of the FAA that maintains the NASR, is the first user of SAA Editor.

Future AIM Modernization Segments will continue to improve SAA capabilities and will include Temporary Flight Restrictions, Altitude Reservations, and Military Training Routes. These expanded capabilities will include integrating SAA/SUA data with Notices to Airmen and airport infrastructure data.

Dec 10, 2012 -- Minneapolis Center Goes for a SWIM

On the morning of December 7, 2012, the System Wide Information Management (SWIM) Predeparture Reroute (PDRR) capability demonstrated Initial Operating Capability (IOC) at the Minneapolis Air Route Traffic Control Center (ARTCC). The PDRR capability enables traffic management coordinators to use a single system to coordinate and send reroute information to towers handling the departing flight(s). This ability reduces the manual coordination necessary to ensure the reroute is issued and followed.

The changed (and protected) portions of the flight plan due to the reroute are highlighted to ensure controllers make no further changes to the agreed-upon reroute, unless there is a safety issue or other valid reason. An Airborne Reroute capability that can be employed to reroute planes already in the air is also under development by the Air Traffic Organization.

With the use of SWIM, the Traffic Flow Management (TFM) System will be able to identify any flights affected by weather or other route obstructions, such as a volcanic eruption, and automatically distribute the appropriate reroute on a flight by flight basis. "Instead of a hunt and peck type mission, it will look for any flight that's affected by the change and send the reroute to the affected controllers and the traffic management units for more immediate issuance to pilots," said Jerry Schrank, the En Route Automation Modernization (ERAM) Air Traffic Lead at Minneapolis Center.

The information will originate from the TFM System at the William J. Hughes Technical Center (WJHTC) in Atlantic City, and be coordinated through SWIM services centralized at Minneapolis Center to the ERAM systems at affected centers. Currently, command center traffic management coordinators call traffic management units at an En Route center to discuss reroute options, which are frequently limited to a set number of predefined routes. The reroute is then manually entered into the system, verified with a phone call to the tower at the departure airport, and communicated to pilots and controllers. Air Traffic Lead Schrank states, the PDRR capability "gives the system a lot more flexibility and immediate capability, instead of manual coordination" so flight information can be provided with more speed and flexibility.

Oct 25, 2012 -- SWIM will discuss its services and how to subscribe to SWIM products at FAA Aviation Industry Technical Forum 2012 (November 28-30, 2012).

SWIM will present at FAA Aviation Industry Technical Forum 2012. This event is free and will be held from Wednesday, November 28, 2012 through Friday, November 30, 2012 at the Westin Washington Dulles Airport in Herndon, VA. It targets the technical vendor community that builds systems using FAA data. SWIM will discuss its services and how to subscribe to SWIM products.

More information and to register for the Forum, please visit the following link: http://faaindustryforum2012.eventbrite.com/.

Oct 10, 2012 -- SWIM Newsletter - Edition Seven, September, 2012 Posted.

The SWIM program published the 7th issue of our newsletter, The Current. Articles cover topics like SWIM Segment 2 approval, the Flight Data Publication Service (FDPS), cloud computing, and more. Download a copy of the newsletter here.

Aug 10, 2012 -- SWIM Brown Bag #16: Developing Requirements for a Web Service on Wednesday August 8, 2012

The SWIM team would like to cordially invite you to participate in a brown bag discussion on Developing Requirements for a Web Service, presented by Mark Kaplun, System Engineering. The FAA-STD-070 "Preparation of Web Service Requirements Documents" is a new FAA standard that provides the details needed to specify requirements for development of a web service. The presentation will cover the following topics:

  • Motivations for developing the FAA-STD-070
  • Where new web service requirement documents fit in the current service documenting process
  • What's new and different in this requirements document
  • Things to consider when developing web service requirements

LINK TO ONLINE MEETING:
https://awast21.faa.gov/stconf.nsf/meeting/95f98897175536e585257a46005530d8
Password: SWIM

TELCON LINE INFO:
Dial in number: (605) 475-4000
Pass code: 372567

Developing Requirements For a Web Service

Jul 18, 2012 -- FAA Joint Resources Council (JRC) approved a SWIM Segment 1 Re-plan and Segment 2 Final Investment Decision (FID).

On July 18, 2012, the FAA Joint Resources Council (JRC) approved a SWIM Segment 1 Re-plan and Segment 2 Final Investment Decision (FID). SWIM Segment 1 introduced Service Oriented Architecture (SOA) implementation in the NAS, but delivery of SWIM-compliant services was the responsibility of the implementing programs. In SWIM Segment 2, SWIM provides common messaging infrastructure and ensures the successful delivery of SWIM-compliant services to authorized users. SWIM Segment 1 will still be within its original Acquisition Program Baseline (APB) cost and schedule milestones and the FID will fund SWIM Segment 2 through Fiscal Year (FY) 2016.

Jul 17, 2012 -- The SWIM Terminal Data Distribution System (STDDS) declared Initial operating Capability (IOC) on May 17, 2012.

On May 17, 2012, The SWIM Terminal Data Distribution System (STDDS) declared Initial operating Capability (IOC) at the Y90 Terminal Radar Approach Control (TRACON) located at Bradley International Airport (BDL) in Windsor Locks, CT. This IOC represents an Acquisition Program Baseline (APB) milestone for SWIM Segment 1.

STDDS is an Internet Protocol (IP)-based front end to several legacy Terminal systems including Electronic Flight Strip Transfer System (EFSTS), Runway Visual Range (RVR), Airport Surface Detection Equipment-Model X (ASDE-X), and Tower Data Link Services (TDLS). STDDS converts the data from these legacy systems into XML format for distribution to other National Airspace System (NAS) and non-NAS consumers. This information is now not only available to a limited number of systems in the Terminal domain, but also to other NAS programs such as Traffic Management as well as airlines and other approved external consumers.

In addition to the site at Y90, STDDS was installed at Miami TRACON in May 2012 and is expected to demonstrate IOC in July 2012. A subsequent release of STDDS is expected in 2013 and will enable the distribution of ASDE-X and RVR data to external consumers via the NAS Enterprise Messaging Service (NEMS) being deployed by SWIM Segment 2. Full deployment of STDDS to 39 TRACONs, with data from 119 Air Traffic Control Towers (ATCTs), is expected to be completed in 2014.

Jun 15, 2012 -- SWIM Brown Bag #15: Domain Name Service (DNS) and Network Time Protocol (NTP) - Sametime and Telcon Information for Wednesday June 20, 2012

ONLINE MEETING INFO:
Link: https://awast21.faa.gov/stconf.nsf/meeting/3ED75068DED361A785257A1A0057A644
Password: SWIM

TELCON LINE INFO:
Dial in number: (605) 475-4000
Pass code: 372567

May 11, 2012 -- SESAR will be holding a SWIM Innovation Master Class for developers starting in June 2012.

The FAA SWIM Program would like to pass along the following message from our colleagues with the Single European Sky Air Traffic Management (ATM) Research (SESAR):


Are you the developer(s) we are looking for? Do you have what it takes to create a SWIM-enabled application using existing or emerging Information Technologies that could be used by the global ATM community?

Then the SWIM Master Class is a perfect opportunity for you!

This event gives you a chance to get hands-on experience with SWIM, to become part of a network of SWIM experts, to foster the SWIM adoption, and to create new business opportunities.

Are you ready to demonstrate your innovative leadership and become part of the SWIM network? Then sign up before 31 May 2012 for the SWIM Master Class at www.sesarju.eu/swim-master-class.

May 7, 2012 -- SWIM Brown Bag #14: Service Lifecycle Management - Sametime and Telcon Information for Wednesday May 9, 2012

The SWIM team cordially invites you to participate in a brown bag discussion on the Service Lifecycle Management (SLM) Process, presented by the SWIM Governance Team Lead, Paul Jackson. The session will provide an opportunity to learn about updates to the SWIM SLM Process, which guides suitable NAS capabilities from proposed ideas to SWIM-Compliant Operational Services. Come prepared to have all your questions on this topic answered.

ONLINE MEETING INFO: Link: https://awast21.faa.gov/stconf.nsf/meeting/AE3D8DEC077EE080852579F2005638FD Password: brownbag

TELCON LINE INFO:
Dial in number: (605) 475-4000
Pass code: 372567

Mar 5, 2012 -- Sabre became the 5th subscriber to the Integrated Terminal Weather Service (ITWS)

At 4:36 pm on February 9, 2012, the travel technology company Sabre became the 5th subscriber to the Integrated Terminal Weather Service (ITWS), joining United Parcel Service, FedEx, Harris Corp., and the U.S. Air Force Global Information Grid (GIG). With its connection to the SWIM-ITWS Client, Sabre began receiving data from ITWS.

ITWS' SWIM capability became operational on January 25, 2011. ITWS provides a real-time picture of convective weather to traffic managers, allowing them to collaborate with dispatchers to route or re-route air traffic as necessary. This capability was developed by the ITWS development team at the Volpe National Transportation Systems Center in Cambridge, MA.

Feb 6, 2012 -- SWIM Brown Bag #13: Operational Responsiveness for Wednesday February 8, 2012

The SWIM team would like to cordially invite you to participate in a Service Oriented Architecture (SOA) Brown Bag discussion on Operational Responsiveness, presented by Progress Software. Progress Software is an application infrastructure software company that enables enterprises to be operationally responsive to changing conditions and customer interactions as they occur. Operational Responsiveness is the ability of business processes and systems to respond to changing conditions and interactions as they occur.

LINK TO ONLINE MEETING: https://awast21.faa.gov/stconf.nsf/meeting/cba89125c941c27185257968006bcf5e Password: brownbag

TELCON LINE INFO:
Dial in number: (605) 475-4000
Pass code: 372567

Jan 6, 2012 -- SWIM Brown Bag #12: LISA - Sametime and Telcon Information for Wednesday January 11, 2012

This forum will focus on ITKO's LISA Platform, presented by ITKO representative, Steve Thomas. LISA provides service simulation solutions for developing applications in composite and cloud environments.

LINK TO ONLINE MEETING: https://awast21.faa.gov/stconf.nsf/meeting/d80b2fd965dba4e48525793600577e60 Password: brownbag

TELCON LINE INFO:
Dial in number: (605) 475-4000
Pass code: 372567

Dec 7, 2011 -- SWIM Brown Bag #11: Testing - Sametime and Telcon Information for Tuesday December 13, 2011

This forum will focus on SOA Testing and will cover the following topics: Traditional Testing, Migration to SOA, Conceptual SOA, Traditional vs. SOA Testing, SOA Testing Solutions, and Anticipated Challenges. The presentation will be provided by Paul Caron, Testing and Evaluation Lead for SWIM and will take place from 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm in FOB 10A, Rooms 8ABC.

LINK TO ONLINE MEETING: https://awast21.faa.gov/stconf.nsf/meeting/41c78c191bd902258525793600576765 Password: brownbag

TELCON LINE INFO:
Dial in number: (605) 475-4000
Pass code: 372567

Oct 14, 2011 -- SWIM Brown Bag #10: REST - Sametime and Telcon Information for Wednesday November 9, 2011

Representational State Transfer, or REST, is an HTTP-centric approach to addressing resources on a network. Heralded as simpler and less verbose than Web Services, REST has garnered enthusiasm among architects and integration engineers around the globe.  In the context of Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA), REST provides alternative implementation approaches to Web Services. The Brown Bag session will take place from 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm in FOB 10A, Rooms 8ABC.

LINK TO ONLINE MEETING: https://awast21.faa.gov/stconf.nsf/meeting/613dfe9b38ef8f3d85257928004e51ea
Password: brownbag

TELCON LINE INFO:
Dial in number: (605) 475-4000
Pass code: 372567

Jul 7, 2011 -- SWIM Brown Bag #9 Sametime and Telcon Information for Wednesday July 13, 2011

Information has been removed because the meeting is over.

Jul 5, 2011 -- Topia Successful with SWIM Capability Evaluations

On June 23 and 24, Topia Technology completed a second and final round of SWIM capability demonstrations and evaluations of the Kolona Software Suite, which allows for SWIM delivery of data, services and reporting. The first round, which was held in January 2011, is covered in the March 2011 issue of The Current.

For the recent demonstration, Topia developed two domain applications on the Kolona Resource Management framework: one for system administrators and the other for software testers, each performing basic data resource movement and management functions. In addition to demonstrating the two domain applications, Topia introduced an instructional scenario redeveloping the system administration application in a series of explained steps so that a basic resource movement task was executed on a test SWIM network. The scenarios were developed for future as well as past applications to ensure that each meet a SWIM Segment 2 requirement, and collectively comprise Topia's response to the comments received following the first demonstration.

While the FAA's work with Topia ends this summer, the primary documents will be available on the SWIM website. Metrics showing performance, as well as cost and time savings are to be included in the final report. These reports will explain what Mobile Object Technology is and how the technology will accomplish SWIM objectives. In addition, a web-based demonstration is planned for July 14, 2011. For more information on the upcoming web demonstration, or on the Topia demonstrations, the points of contact are: Mike Hritz (mike.hritz@faa.gov) and Rick Helfers (ehelfers@northstargroupllc.com)

Jun 16, 2011 -- SWIM Brings Together FUSE Software Users

On May 23, 2011, over 100 people participated in the SWIM Fuse Summit. The Fuse Summit was an event at which SWIM Implementing Programs (SIPs), representatives from FuseSource and other users of FUSE products within the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) came together to discuss their use of the FUSE products. The FUSE products are a suite of enterprise-ready integration and messaging software used to implement and manage integration projects such as Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA).

The seven Segment 1 SIPs gave presentations on their different experiences using FUSE products, including lessons learned, issues, and recommendations. In addition, representatives from FuseSource gave a presentation on the Open Services Gateway initiative (OSGi) framework.

Jun 1, 2011 -- SWIM Brown Bag #8 Sametime and Telcon Information for Wednesday June 8, 2011

Information has been removed because the meeting is over.

May 24, 2011 -- STDDS Prototype Installed at Bradley International

During the week of April 25, a System Wide Information Management (SWIM) Terminal Data Distribution System (STDDS) prototype was installed at the Yankee (Y90) Terminal Radar Approach Control (TRACON) facility located at Bradley International Airport (BDL) in Windsor Locks, CT. The STDDS prototype hardware and software were installed by representatives from Y90, the Volpe Center, and Raytheon. The purpose of the prototype is to validate the interfaces and collect operational data inputs from Runway Visual Range (RVR), Electronic Flight Strip Transfer Systems (EFSTS), and Airport Surface Detection Equipment-Model X (ASDE-X) to be used for testing of the operational system. The prototype will also be used to obtain information regarding the interfaces in order to reduce risk during installation and deployment of the final STDDS configuration.

Following the completion of development and testing, the final STDDS system will be installed at TRACONs nationwide. STDDS will provide a SWIM-compliant front end to legacy Terminal systems and publish this data to internal NAS consumers. The final configuration will receive Flight Information Service (FIS) from en route and inputs from Tower Data Link Services (TDLS) in addition to RVR, EFSTS, and ASDE-X. STDDS will publish three services: RVR, Surface Movement Events, and Tower Departure Events.

Later this year, the Y90 prototype will be upgraded to the final STDDS configuration and will serve as the first key site. Initial Operating Capability (IOC) at Y90 is anticipated during the spring of 2012.

May 4, 2011 -- SWIM Brown Bag #7 Sametime and Telcon Information for Wednesday May 11, 2011

Information has been removed because the meeting is over.

Apr 26, 2011 -- SWIM Newsletter - Issue Five, March 2011 Posted

The March 2011 issue of The Current, the SWIM Program's biannual newsletter, has been posted. Please visit the Newsletters section of the Documents page to view this newsletter.

Apr 14, 2011 -- SWIM Brown Bag #6 Sametime and Telcon Information

Information has been removed because the meeting is over.

Mar 9, 2011 -- SWIM Brown Bag #5 Sametime and Telcon Information

Information has been removed because the meeting is over.

Feb 9, 2011 -- ITWS New Capability is now Operational

On January 25 2011, the Integrated Terminal Weather System (ITWS) SWIM Segment 1 capability became operational. ITWS provides a real-time picture of convective weather to traffic managers, allowing them to collaborate with dispatchers to route or re-route air traffic as necessary. This capability was developed by the ITWS development team at the Volpe National Transportation Systems Center in Cambridge, MA, employing FUSE Broker server technology that provides a bandwidth-efficient remote distribution point at the William J. Hughes Technical Center (WJHTC) in Atlantic City, NJ.

A number of participants from industry have expressed an interest in receiving the ITWS data through this new interface. Industry users will receive the ITWS weather products by connecting to the FAA's NAS Enterprise Security Gateway located at the WJHTC.

Jan 3, 2011 -- AIM SUA Completes IOC

In the early hours of December 16, Aeronautical Information Management (AIM) accomplished a major program milestone by demonstrating Initial Operating Capability (IOC) of the Special Use Airspace (SUA). The AIM SUA automated data exchange occurred between the Project Repository (located at FAA HQ ), the Static Repository (located at FAA HQ ) and the Operational Repository (located at the FAA Command Center). A new airspace project was created and modified as part of the demonstration. This milestone had been delayed due to several factors including the AIM move from the Command Center to OEX and ACY; difficulty procuring Luciad software licenses; and bugs in the FUSE software. The AIM SUA capability will become fully operational in FY11 after the AIM system is relocated to its new sites.

Congratulations AIM for meeting this critical milestone!

Jan 3, 2011 -- JRC Segment 2 Briefing Posted

The JRC Segment 2 Briefing from November 17, 2010 has been posted in the "Briefings" section of the Documents page.

Nov 8, 2010 -- FAA Cancels Solicitation

The Federal Aviation Administration hereby cancels Solicitation Number 9394 for the establishment of the Qualified Vendors List (QVL) to be used in the procurement of XML Gateways by SWIM Implementing Programs (SIPS) in its entirety. FAA will not resurrect this requirement.

Any questions regarding this announcement must be directed to Princess Cannon, by 12 PM EST December 3, 2010, via email at princess.cannon@faa.gov.

Nov 1, 2010 -- SWIM Newsletter - Edition Four, September, 2010 Posted

The September 2010 SWIM Newsletter has been posted.

Please visit the "Newsletters" section of the Documents page to view this newsletter.

Oct 20, 2010 -- SWIM and the Fundamental Benefits of Service Oriented Architecture (SOA) Brownbag

SWIM holds it's first brownbag in a 12-part series: #1 SWIM and the Fundamental Benefits of Service Oriented Architecture (SOA).

Please visit the "Briefings" section of the Documents page to view this document.

Sep 29, 2010 -- SWIMposium Informational Panel on September 29th

The System Wide Information Management (SWIM) Program would like to invite all interested FAA staff to its second "SWIMposium," an informational panel on SWIM. The event will take place on September 29th from 1 - 2:30pm in the Bessie Coleman Conference Center in FOB 10A. The SWIMposium is designed to provide an overview of SWIM, describe what it means for your program, highlight next steps, and allow an opportunity to answer your questions about SWIM.

To view all presentations delivered at the SWIMposium, please visit the "Briefings" section of the Documents page.

Sep 13, 2010 -- 2010 summer edition of The Journal of Air Traffic Control publishes 'FAA Portfolio Management: Lessons learned from the SWIM Program'

The article, originally published in the 2010 summer edition of The Journal of Air Traffic Control, focuses on management practices that have worked on the SWIM Program and how they might be applied to other Portfolios in the FAA.

The article is located in the "Reference Documents" section of the Documents page.

Sep 7, 2010 -- SWIM Program announces 2nd 'SWIMposium' for September 29th

The System Wide Information Management (SWIM) Program would like to invite all interested FAA staff to its second "SWIMposium," an informational panel on SWIM. The event will take place on September 29th from 1 - 2:30pm in the Bessie Coleman Conference Center in FOB 10A. The SWIMposium is designed to provide an overview of SWIM, describe what it means for your program, highlight next steps, and allow an opportunity to answer your questions about SWIM.

Please note that attendance is limited to FAA personnel only. We are considering an Industry Day event for later in the year and will announce it on FAA Contract Opportunities and www.swim.gov at the appropriate time.

Aug 25, 2010 -- FAA releases SWIM Segment 2 Request for Information

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has released a Request for Information (RFI) for the System Wide Information Management (SWIM) Program. SWIM seeks industry feedback that will help the FAA finalize their requirements and the acquisition strategy for the design, integration, infrastructure support, and delivery of SWIM Segment 2. The purpose of this RFI is to obtain industry comments on the Focused Questions in the RFI, as well as feedback on the Segment 2 Final Program Requirements. RFI responses must be received by the FAA by September 20, 2010.

View the full announcement on the FAA Contract Opportunities website at https://faaco.faa.gov/posting.cfm?PostIDtemp=9951

Aug 4, 2010 -- SWIM Participates in the Experimental Aircraft Association AirVenture 2010

The SWIM Program Manager and SWIM Communications Lead participated in this year's EAA Airventure in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. SWIM representatives provided an overview of the program and answered questions at the SWIM booth, part of the FAA's NextGen exhibit. For more information on EAA AirVenture, please access http://www.airventure.org/

Jul 12, 2010 -- SWIM Requirements and Governance Lead briefs the SWIM Security Workshop at EUROCONTROL

SWIM Requirements and Governance Lead Jim Robb participated in a SWIM Security Workshop at EUROCONTROL on June 25th. He provided a briefing on Next Gen and SWIM Security that was delivered to the NATO/EUROCONTROL Air Traffic Management Security Coordination Group (NEASCOG). The briefing can be viewed on our Documents page.

Jul 8, 2010 -- The SWIM Program Office has deployed the NAS Service Registry/Repository (NSRR) 2.0

The NSSR will serve as a central repository to help users discover, use and, whenever possible, reuse NAS services. The major functions of the NSRR include discovery, governance, and lifecycle management. The NSRR stores metadata related to services, as well as the relationships between those services, which interested parties may access by browsing or querying the Registry/Repository.

The primary function of the NSRR is to enable the design-time discovery of NAS services. During design-time, a software developer will be able to discover NAS services of interest by means of browsing or querying the Registry/Repository. If the developer decides to utilize a discovered NAS service, they may utilize various service artifacts, such as WSDL files, to access the service. Developers wishing to be notified when the meta-information for a NAS service is updated may subscribe to receive such notifications.

Interested individuals within the FAA may complete the User Account request form located in the SWIM Compliance Documents section of the Documents page. Completed forms should be returned to SWIM Governance Lead, Paul Jackson at paul.jackson@faa.gov.

Jun 30, 2010 -- SWIM/SWIM-SUIT Demo held at the SWIM-SUIT User Forum

The FAA SWIM Program Manager participated in the European SWIM-SUIT Final User Forum held on June 24 - 25, 2010 in Rome, Italy. The forum provided an opportunity to display examples of collaborative activities between Europe and the U.S. As part of the forum, Boeing demonstrated a live two-way data exchange (flight plan and surveillance data) between the U.S. (using Boeing's SWIM Lab in Chantilly, VA with nodes at Embry Riddle and Boeing Kent, Washington) and Europe (Boeing lab in Madrid) through a publish/subscribe mechanism onto the European SWIM-SUIT prototype network. The SWIM briefing presented at the Forum is located in the "Briefing" section of the Documents page.

To view all presentations delivered at the Forum, please visit http://www.swim-suit.aero/swimsuit/.

Jun 2, 2010 -- SWIM Program Manager shares lessons learned at Volpe Center Day at the United States Department of Transportation

On June 2, 2010, John A. Volpe National Transportation Systems Center (Volpe Center) convened a panel representing four modal administrations and technical experts with hands-on experience in developing traffic management systems for a discussion on innovations in traffic management and implementation of technologies across modes. For a high-level overview of the event and the panel discussion, please visit: http://www.volpe.dot.gov/infosrc/sf/vcd/traffic.html.

May 24, 2010 -- SWIM Net Centric Demonstrations and Prototypes Technical Interchange Meeting (TIM) to be held on May 26, 2010

The SWIM Program will be holding the next Net Centric Demos and Prototypes Technical Interchange Meeting (TIM) on Wed, May 26th at BAE Systems, Aerospace Building, Suite 850, 901 D St., SW, Washington DC 20024. This will be an all day meeting from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. The meeting will provide attendees an opportunity to exchange information concerning demonstrations and prototypes, review National Airspace System (NAS) information exchanges, and perhaps leverage assets. If interested in attending, please contact Rick Helfers at eric.helfers@baesystems.com.

To view the full meeting announcement, agenda and presentations, please visit the "Documentation and Prototype" section of the Documents page.

May 17, 2010 -- Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Director of Program Operations, SWIM Program Manager, and SWIM Evolution & Coordination Lead speak at the 2010 Integrated Communications Navigation and Surveillance (ICNS) Conference

The 2010 Integrated Communications Navigation and Surveillance (ICNS) Conference held May 11 - 13, 2010 in Herndon, VA and jointly sponsored by government, civil and military, and industry, addressed long term research and development and early implementation of integrated CNS technologies needed to enable Next Generation Air Transportation System (NextGen).

Jim Eck, FAA, Director of Program Operations, Ahmad Usmani, SWIM Program Manager and Patty Craighill of Joint Planning and Development Office (JPDO) and the U.S. Air Force (USAF) delivered a panel discussion on "Net Centric Communications" on day two of the conference. The discussion supported the larger plenary session focused on "Interagency Systems Transformations," addressing multi-agency information sharing, and policies and procedures needed to insure airspace security while improving the support for each agency's primary mission. SWIM Evolution & Coordination Lead, Mike Hritz, also chaired a session on "Information Sharing" and spoke on the "NextGen Integration" panel.

To view the presentations delivered at the ICNS conference, please visit the "Briefing" section of the Documents page.

May 17, 2010 -- Ahmad Usmani, SWIM Program Manager, is quoted in Government Computer News magazine

The article, published by Government Computer News magazine, highlights trends in Service Oriented Architecture (SOA) and discusses major themes at the 9th SOA for e-Government Conference. To view the full article, please follow the link: http://gcn.com/articles/2010/05/10/faa-soa.aspx.

May 17, 2010 -- SWIM Program Implementation Lead speaks on panel at joint Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and Aeronautical Information Exchange Model (AIXM) / Weather Information Exchange Model (WXXM) Conference

SWIM Implementation Lead, Jeff Hobbs, was a featured panel speaker at the second annual joint Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and Aeronautical Information Exchange Model (AIXM) / Weather Information Exchange Model (WXXM) Conference on May 4 - 6, 2010 in Washington, DC. The conference is intended for the aeronautical information and aviation meteorological (MET) communities, including software developers, program managers, experts, and users of aeronautical and weather information. Jeff discussed the benefits of digital information, as it relates to AIXM. The presentation is located in the "Briefing" section of the Documents page.

To view all presentations delivered at the AIXM/WXXM conference, please visit http://www.aixm.aero/public/standard_page/2010_05_aixm_met_archive.html.

May 3, 2010 -- SWIM Program Status to be presented at 9th Service Oriented Architecture (SOA) for e-Government Conference

On May 6, 2010, Ahmad Usmani, SWIM Program Manager, will be the featured keynote speaker for the 9th Service Oriented Architecture (SOA) for e-Government Conference. The conference will focus on "How to Make Service Orientation Pay Off." Hosted by MITRE Corporation and the Federal SOA Community of Practice, the conference will bring together experts and leaders from government and industry in a conversation about how government can effectively adopt a service orientation to enhance its mission and reduce redundant costs. For more information on the conference, please visit the official conference site: https://register.mitre.org/soa/.

As a preview to the event, the SWIM Program in conjunction with MITRE have released the keynote presentations which include the latest update on the status of the SWIM Program. The presentations are located in the "Briefing" section of the Documents page.

Apr 29, 2010 -- FAA announces award of SWIM Segment 1 Service Registry/Repository

On April 28, 2010, the Federal Aviation Administration announced that it has awarded the SWIM Segment 1 Service Registry/Repository solicitation, DTFAWA-10-R-00001, to Hewlett-Packard (HP). The resulting contract, No. DTFAWA-10-C-00039, includes 1 base-year and 12 option-years. The value of the awarded contract, if all options are exercised, is $3.2M. On June 30, 2009, the FAA issued a requirement for commercially available Service Registry/Repository software to support the Segment 1 System Wide Information Management (SWIM) program. The contract includes supplying the FAA with Service Registry/Repository software that is commercially available or available in the public domain that meets the requirements for the SWIM Segment 1 Service Registry/Repository. This software will offer a central repository to help users discover, use and, whenever possible, reuse Web services. In addition to the software product, the FAA will receive the following services under this contract, including: product maintenance, product documentation, technical support, training, and consulting support.

To review the solicitation, please access https://www.fbo.gov/index?s=opportunity&mode=form&tab=core&id=4ff7f0cf7dfb2bd3d1a1c0043cb08ce0&_cview=0

Apr 14, 2010 -- FAA seeking responses from qualified vendors for the SWIM XML Gateway QVL

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is establishing a Qualified Vendors List (QVL) to be used for future procurements of XML gateways by SWIM Implementing Programs (SIPs). With this announcement, we are seeking responses from qualified vendors who wish to be listed on a SWIM XML Gateway QVL. Responses are due on May 12, 2010. The full announcement is posted on the FAA Contract Opportunities website at https://www.fbo.gov/?s=opportunity&mode=form&id=2a1965da684f419993db04ca0ee43a9d.

Apr 1, 2010 -- SWIM publishes the 3rd edition of our newsletter

The SWIM program published the 3rd Issue of our newsletter, The Current. The articles featured include an overview by the SWIM Program Manager, SWIM accomplishments, information on the SWIM Suitability Checklist and Segment 2 Update, and much more. The newsletter is found on the Documents page.

Mar 26, 2010 -- FAA announces award of SWIM System Engineering and Business Services Solicitation

The Federal Aviation Administration announces it has awarded the SWIM System Engineering and Business Services Solicitation, DTFAWA-09-R-00055, to The North Star Group LLC on March 22, 2010. The total potential value of the Base Period and Options is $27.8 million. The FAA requires support that includes systems engineering (SE), program architecture, requirements, implementation, and business support services necessary to assist the System Wide Information Management (SWIM) program.

Mar 9, 2010 -- CIWS SWIM Prototype Becomes Operational

On March 3, 2010, the Corridor Integrated Weather System (CIWS) SWIM Prototype became operational at the William J. Hughes Technical Center (WJHTC) in Atlantic City, NJ. The CIWS SWIM Prototype Service was developed by the CIWS development Team at Lincoln Labs, Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, MA.

Last month, the FAA announced the list of participants from industry who have expressed an interest in receiving the CIWS Weather data. The industry users will receive the CIWS gridded weather products by connecting to the FAA's NAS Enterprise Security Gateway located at the WJHTC. The FAA is counting on industry users to provide feedback and lessons learned that will help in improving the service in SWIM Segment 1.

Mar 1, 2010 -- FedEx Receives SWIM-Compliant ITWS Data

FedEx has become our latest industry partner to receive SWIM-compliant data via the Integrated Terminal Weather System (ITWS) Prototype Service. On February 25th, FedEx started receiving digital data for ITWS weather products. The SWIM-compliant ITWS Prototype Service was developed by the ITWS development team at the Volpe National Transportation Systems Center in Cambridge, MA, using open-source software provided by Progress Software. FedEx receives the products by connecting to the FAA Telecommunications Infrastructure (FTI) external gateway at the William J. Hughes Technical Center in Atlantic City, NJ.

The SWIM program office wishes to thank all of the FedEx, ITWS, and FTI personnel who supported the delivery of this SWIM-compliant prototype service.

Feb 14, 2010 -- MITRE publishes Service Oriented Architecture papers

MITRE has published a series of papers on the topic of Service Oriented Architecture (SOA) and its application in the federal government. The papers provide an analysis on SOA techniques and offer guidance in addressing the unique challenges presented in its deployment. At FAA, SWIM provides the basis for information exchange between systems based on the principles of SOA. To learn more about SOA, please visit the MITRE website at http://www.mitre.org/work/info_tech/soa/.

Feb 4, 2010 -- Initial participants selected for CIWS SWIM Prototype

On December 22, 2009, the FAA released criteria to industry users interested in participating in the SWIM-compliant Prototype called the Corridor Integrated Weather System (CIWS) Data Distribution Service (CDDS). Through the use of the prototype, the SWIM program will examine the feasibility of distributing real-time CIWS gridded data using the Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) standard via a web service.

The Agency thanks everyone who took the time to respond. The FAA SWIM Program Office has selected Delta Airlines, Raytheon Company, ARINC, Harris Corporation, Kent State University, and WSI Corporation as initial participants.

Industry feedback and lessons learned will be applied to the implementation of SWIM Segment 1. Other requests for participation will be considered as they are received.

Jan 14, 2010 -- FAA and SESAR JU Work on compatibility between EU and US SWIM

Representatives from the FAA and the Single European Sky ATM Research Joint Undertaking (SESAR JU) and its members met to discuss commonality, and potential for interoperability between future SWIM environments.

The discussion, December 9 - 10, 2009 in Rome, Italy, was focussed on achieving a collaborative plan of activities that would take place between the FAA NextGen and SESAR on this subject in 2010 - 2011. The collaboration would come under a new aviation research agreement between the EU and US (FAA), currently under negotiation.

On the first day of the meeting, both sides presented their understanding of the SWIM concept and current roadmaps. On this basis a significant number of commonalities between the approaches were identified as well as some differences. The second day was dedicated to finding areas where close collaboration will best harmonize NextGen and SESAR and where cooperative efforts will provide the most benefits to aviation stakeholders. These areas for collaboration were then prioritized and a list of tasks was created.

All participants stressed the importance of ensuring compatibility between the EU and US SWIM, as well as the importance for other countries to be able to benefit from the work done in the two corresponding programmes. Both FAA and SESAR JU highlighted the need of keeping the world-wide ATM community up-to-date on the progress.

The SWIM EUROCONTROL briefings are located in the "Briefing" section of the Documents page.

For more information, please access SESAR JU.

Dec 22, 2009 -- FAA seeks participants for feedback on the CIWS SWIM Prototype

The SWIM program is seeking users who will provide feedback on the SWIM-compliant Prototype called the CIWS Data Distribution Service (CDDS). The feedback and lessons learned generated from these efforts will be very valuable to future SWIM development.

Through the use of the prototype, the SWIM program will be examining the feasibility of distributing real-time CIWS gridded data using the Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) standard with a Service Oriented Architecture (SOA)-compliant Web Service interface.

Your application to participate must be submitted to the SWIM Program Office, via e-mail to 9-ATOW-HQ-SWIM@faa.gov, no later than January 22, 2010. For more information, please view the service description and the information request and application. The FAA SWIM Program Office will make the final selection of participants by February 5th, 2010.

Oct 30, 2009 -- SWIM Releases Draft of the Final Program Requirements for Segment 2

The System Wide Information Management (SWIM) program has released the initial draft of the SWIM Final Program Requirements Segment 2 document. The document defines program requirements for SWIM's next phase, Segment 2. The document discusses the new Segment 2 program requirements as well as maintenance of legacy Segment 1 requirements, providing clear differentiation of the requirements for each segment. For more information, please access the FPR on the Documents page.

Oct 28, 2009 -- SWIM Meeting with TechAmerica on September 29, 2009

A bi-monthly forum has been established so that the FAA can discuss SWIM-related questions with the TechAmerica industry forum. TechAmerica and the FAA SWIM program met for the third forum on September 29, 2009. The meeting included topics such as the SWIM Core Architecture Evolution Concepts and a lessons learned discussion on business case development. The meeting minutes are located in the "Segment 2 Documents" section of the Documents page. For more information on Tech America, please visit: www.techamerica.org

Oct 22, 2009 -- Segment 2 Technical Overview Released

The System Wide Information Management (SWIM) Program has released the Segment 2 Technical Overview document. The document outlines Segment 2 SWIM Core Architecture Evolution Concepts including functional and technical architecture. The document discusses options for functional architecture components being considered for deployment by the SWIM Program in Segment 2. The advantages and disadvantages of these components are examined to assist future requirements and cost analysis. Component options are then grouped and presented as three overall Segment 2 architecture options, including the federated approach used for Segment 1. For more information, please access the Segment 2 Technical Overview on the Documents page.

Oct 22, 2009 -- FAA releases amendments to SWIM System Engineering and Business Support Services requirement

FAA has released amendments to the SWIM System Engineering and Business Support Services requirement.  This is a Request for Proposals to support the SWIM Program Office. The offeror awarded this contract will provide the Office of ATC Communications (AJW-5) with the systems engineering (SE), program architecture, requirements, implementation, and business support services necessary to assist the System Wide Information Management (SWIM) program.

View the amendments on the FAA Contracting Opportunities website at: https://faaco.faa.gov/posting.cfm?PostIDtemp=8802.

Oct 15, 2009 -- SWIM-Compliant CIWS Data Product Descriptions Now Available

The Corridor Integrated Weather System (CIWS) Product Description, Revision 1.0, is now available. CIWS allows air traffic managers to use 3D displays to safely manage flight routes during thunderstorms, significantly reducing congestion and delays. The CIWS Product Description serves as a reference with descriptions of CIWS data product files. CIWS products are now available in a SWIM-compliant format, and the CIWS data feed will allow for integration into existing displays.

For more information, please view the full product description list.

Sample CIWS data is available to prospective users at: http://webstats.wx.ll.mit.edu/data/CIWS_20090717T194500.tar.gz or http://webstats.wx.ll.mit.edu/data/CIWS_20090717T194500.zip

Oct 15, 2009 -- Data Xtend Semantic Integrator (DXSI Tool)  Evaluation Released

An evaluation of Progress Software's DataXtend Sematic Integrator (DXSI) tool is now available. Mitre conducted an evaluation of the DXSI tool, focusing on the weather domain. This evaluation resulted in detailed findings related to SWIM Core Services. For more information on DXSI's capabilities and the evaluation, please view the briefing on the Documents page.

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